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U.S. government loosening its grip over ICANN

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Staff writer ▼ | March 17, 2014
InternetThe U.S. government has reportedly announced that it is loosening its grip over the internet. The Department of Commerce gradually resigned from those duties through a contract with Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).


The Department of Commerce has tasked ICANN last weak with convening involved parties to formalize a 'multistakeholder' approach to Internet governance, which involves running the Internet's Domain Name System (DNS), managing the root servers that hold these DNS records for use by all other machines on the Internet and overseeing the current explosive growth of new top-level domain names such as .berlin, .social and .cleaning, Cnet reported.

The privatization of domain names began under President Bill Cinton in 1997, but now the time is ripe for ICANN to take over and the organization has already set up a meeting on Internet governance in Brazil next month, the report added.

The stakeholders, who oversee the distribution of IP addresses to those registering new domain names, include the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), the Internet Architecture Board (IAB), the Internet Society (ISOC), and Regional Internet Registries and these organizations have welcomed the Commerce Department's move, the report added.

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